• Ice Hockey
    Varsity--Chatham 3 - Mahwah 1
    NJSIAA Group Quarterfinal

    Thomas Winter scored twice to help lead the way for third-seeded Chatham in its 3-1 win over sixth-seeded Mahwah in the quarterfinal round of the Public C tournament at Mennen Arena in Morristown.

    Chatham will square off against second-seeded Wall in the semifinals at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Codey Arena.

    David Andreychuk also scored in the win. Danny Mahoney and Jack Deletto each had an assist and Zachary Pendergrast had 23 saves.

    Varsity--Chatham 10 - Jackson Liberty 0

    Danny Mahoney scored a goal and dished four assists to lead third-seeded Chatham, No. 15 in the NJ.com Top 20, to a 10-0 victory against 14th-seeded Jackson Liberty in the Round of 16 in the Public C Tournament at Mennen Arena in Morristown.

    Alex Laferrier added two goals and two assists, David Andreychuk chipped in two goals and an assist and Nate Marshall finished with two goals for Chatham. Keeper Zachary Pendergast finished with eight saves.

    Chatham will play sixth-seeded Mahwah in the quarterfinals scheduled for February 26th.

    Varsity--Morristown Beard 2 - Chatham 1 (OT0
    Mennen Semifinals

    Brayden Patricia scored a power-play goal off an assist from Alexander Walsh-Kelly in overtime to give second-seeded Morristown-Beard, No. 11 in the NJ.com Top 20, a 2-1 victory over third-seeded and No. 15 Chatham in the semifinals of the Mennen Cup in Morristown.

    Trailing 1-0, Chatham's Alex Laferriere tied the game at 1-1 in the third period with a goal from Tanner Acone and Danny Mahoney. Morristown-Beard's Connor Tartaglione gave the Crimson a 1-0 lead in the first period as well.

    Mo-Beard goalie Anthony DelTufo made 22 saves while Chatham's netminder, Zachary Pendergrast, made 19 stops.

    With the win, Morristown-Beard moves on to the championship game on Friday at 5:45 p.m. at Mennen Arena against either top-seeded and No. 8 Randolph or fourth-seeded Morris Knolls.

    Earlier this season, the Crimson tied (2-2) and lost (1-0) to Randolph while they beat Morris Knolls twice (3-0 and 4-1).

    Varsity--Princeton Day 4 - Chatham 1

    Luke Antonacci, Coby Auslander and Ty Eastman each recorded a goal and an assist to power Princeton Day past Chatham, No. 18 in the NJ.com Top 20, 4-1.

    Eric Sherman also scored in the win, while Ryan Lisk notched two assists. Chip Hamlett, Cade McLaughlin and David Sherman each had an assist as well. Princeton Day broke open a 1-1 tie with three unanswered goals capped pff with Eastman's empty-netter late in the third. David Lee made 16 saves.

    Brian Nall tied the score at 1-1 in the latter minutes of the second period on a goal set up by Nate Marshall. Zachary Pendergrast stopped 20 shots.

    Varsity--Morris Knolls 4 - Chatham 3
    Kyle Conklin, Jacob Walsh, and Kieran Regen each had a goal and an assist as Morris Knolls held on for a 4-3 win over Chatham, No. 15 in the NJ.com Top 20, at Mennen Arena in Morris Township.

    Tikhon Ryerson also scored for Morris Knolls, which built a 4-0 lead after two periods. Chatham's Tanner Acone scored twice and Thomas Winter scored once as Chatham closed the gap to just one goal in the third.

    Acone finished with two goals and an assist, while Winter also had two assists.

    Ty Franchi made 42 saves for Morris Knolls.

    Varsity--Randolph 3 - Chatham 0
    Randolph, No. 9 in the NJ.com Top 20, just keeps grinding out wins.

    The latest victory, a 3-0 win over No. 15 Chatham at Mennen Arena on Thursday night, put Randolph in the driver's seat for the Mennen Division title with two division games remaining.

    The Rams (14-0-3, 6-0-2) now lead Chatham, which has one game remaining, by two points. They also lead No. 5 Morristown-Beard, which has three games left including a Feb. 5 showdown with Randolph, by three points.

    "That's what I told the guys before the game, 'You want first place? You want the No. 1 seed? It's all in front of us,'" Randolph head coach Rich McLaughlin said. "It's up to us to finish it off – we don't have to wait for anyone else to do it for us."

    That message clearly resonated with the Rams, who grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first period thanks to a pair of goals from  Will Zimmer on assists by JT Zangra.

    Zimmer opened the scoring with 2:31 left in the frame, shoveling home a loose puck after an extended scrum in front of the Chatham (12-4, 6-3) net.

    Then, with 4.4 seconds remaining, the senior forward snapped a wrist shot from the slot after Zangara forced a turnover below the goal line.

    "JT made a great play there," Zimmer said. "I was coming on a line change, end of the period, he comes out of the corner and hits me with a great pass. My other linemate, Nick Civetta, going hard to the net, drawing the defenseman to him. I just had a wide open lane, just fired top left."

    That would turn out to be Randolph's last shot for the next 12-plus minutes, though, as a defense-heavy game prevented either team from creating many chances. In fact, the teams each tallied just 12 shots through the first 41 minutes.

    Chatham finally found a flurry of activity late, after Randolph took a pair of penalties with 3:34 remaining, giving the Cougars a full two minutes of 5-on-3. But RandolphScott Kimecik was equal to the task, stopping nine shots – plus some help from his post with 2:20 left – to kill the penalties and secure a 21-save shutout.

    "The fact that they have a very good goaltender, we needed more traffic in front," Chatham head coach Brendon Herr said. "I think he saw almost every puck tonight. The 5-on-3 there at the end, I think we moved the puck well...we hit the post there, we hit the crossbar in the second (period). So we didn't get our bounces, but I didn't think we played a bad game." 

    Chatham had one final chance on the power play inside the final minute, but wasn't able to get anything going before Civetta iced the win with short-handed, empty-net goal with 11.6 seconds to play.

    Now, just two games stand between Randolph and what would be its first Mennen Division title since 2011-12.

    "Winning this game was a big win," Zangara said. "Having this momentum to go into the Mennen and going out against Morristown and (Morristown-Beard), it's great. We've got to keep up our work."

    Varsity--Chatham 4 - Morristown 1

    Evan Schmidt, Alex Laferriere, Colin Pierce, and Jack Deletto each scored for Chatham, ranked No. 14 in the NJ.com Top 20, in its 4-1 win over Morristown at Mennen Arena in Morristown.

    Thomas Winter had two assists run the victory, while David Andreychuk, Evan Schmidt, and Tanner Acone each had one. Zachary Pendergrast had 15 saves in the win.

    Varsity--Chatham 8 - Middletown South 0

    Alex Laferriere and Thomas Winter each had two goals and two assists for Chatham, No. 14 in the NJ.com Top 20, in an 8-0 win over Middletown South at Mennen Arena in Morris Township.

    David Andreychuk had a goal and an assist for Chatham. Brian Nall, Jack Deletto, and Cole Crauss each scored in the win.

    Zachary Pendergrast made 16 saves for Chatham to earn the shutout.

    Varsity--Chatham 6 - West Morris Mendham 3

    David Andreychuk scored twice and had an assist to lead Chatham, No. 14 in the NJ.com Top 20, to a 6-3 win over Mendham at Mennen Arena in Morris Township.

    Jake Marszalek scored three times for Mendham, which built a 3-2 lead after two periods. But Chatham scored four times in the third period to take control and escape with the win.

    Tanner Acone, Matt Keane, Alex Laferriere, and Michael Sciaretta each scored for the Cougars. Zachary Pendergrast made nine saves in the win.

    Varsity--Chatham 3 - Morris Knolls 0
    Chatham defeated Mennen opponent Morris Knolls 3 - 0. Read more at nj.com and tapintochatham.net
    Varsity--Summit 3 - Chatham 2

    Greg Spitznagel scored twice to lead Summit, No. 16 in the NJ.com Top 20, to a 3-2 win over No. 15 Chatham in the Ice Vault Holiday Classic at the Ice Vault in Wayne.

    Will Vitton had a goal and an assist for Summit. Tom Pryymak had two assists in the win. Matt Keane and Jack Deletto each had a goal for Chatham.

    Varsity--Chatham 3 - Glen Rock 1

    Matt Keane, Jack Deletto, and David Andreychuk each scored for Chatham, No. 15 in the NJ.com Top 20, in a 3-1 win over No. 10 Glen Rock in the Ice Vault Holiday Classic at the Ice Vault in Wayne.

    The loss snapped Glen Rock's unbeaten streak against public schools, which was a 29-game streak which dated back to Nov. 27, 2016, when it lost to Lakeland.

    Alex Laferriere and Michael Sciaretta each had an assist for Chatham. Matthew Maselli scored the lone Glen Rock goal, assisted by Patrick Smith.

    Zachary Pendergrast made 22 saves for Chatham. Ryan McAuley made 21 saves for Glen Rock.

    Varsity--Randolph 2 - Chatham 1

    Max Gaudioso scored a goal and had an assist to help Randolph, No. 15 in the NJ.com Top 20, earn a 2-1 victory over Chatham in Chatham.

    Randolph outscored Chatham 1-0 in the first period.

    Justin Harper contributed a goal, while Austin Cross, Michael Sofia, and James Mattson each had an assist. Goalkeeper Scott Kimiecik made 15 saves for Randolph.

    David Andreychuk scored the lone goal for Chatham.

    Varsity--Chatham 2 - Madison 0

    Evan Schmidt and David Andreychuk each scored to lead Chatham, No. 12 in the NJ.com Top 20, to a 2-0 win over No. 18 Madison at Mennen Arena in Morris Township.

    Schmidt scored the go-ahead goal with 5:26 left in the first period, before Andreychuk scored off a feed from Thomas Winter just 32 seconds into the third period.

    Zachary Pendergrast stopped all 11 shots he faced to earn the shutout for Chatham. Matt Ubertaccio made 33 saves for Madison.

    Varsity--Chatham 7 - Roxbury 3

    Thomas Winter scored twice and added three assists for Chatham, ranked No. 12 in the NJ.com Top 20, in its 7-3 win over Roxbury at Mennen Arena in Morristown.

    David Andreychuk also scored twice in the we win, while Cade Krauss, Michael Sciaretta, and Nick Meyer each had one goal. Griffin Tully, Evan Schmidt, and Johnny Facchini each had two assists, while Meyer and Cole Krauss each had one. Zachary Pendergrast made 16 saves in the victory.

    Dillon Miller scored twice for Roxbury, while Johnny Facchini dished out two assists. Billy Hefferle scored Roxbury's other goal.



    Varsity--Morristown Beard 2 - Chatham 0

    Connor Tartaglione and Brayden Patricia scored a goal apiece to lead Morristown-Beard to a 2-0 victory against Chatham in Chatham.

     Chatham out-shot Morristown-Beard 36 to 20.

    Varsity--Chatham 3 - Morristown 1

    Through three games, quick starts to games has been a staple for Chatham, No. 20 in the NJ.com Top 20, and because of that it finds itself at the top of the Mennen Division.

    The Cougars put forth yet another impressive performance on Wednesday night, as it scored early and took control in a 3-1 win over  Morristown at Mennen Arena in Morris Township.

    Matt Kean, David Andreychuk and Evan Schmidt  each scored for the Cougars, with Keane and Andreychuk each recording goals in the first period to give the team a commanding two-goal lead early. In the team's three wins to open the season, it has scored a total of seven first period goals.

    "Starting fast helps us through the game and helps us get momentum right away, and I think momentum in this game is huge," Chatham coach Brendon Herr said. "It was good to see. I think we took our foot off the gas a little bit there in the second and third. But getting up by three helped us."

    Keane's goal came just 2:17 into the game, before Andreychuk buried one with 2:28 left in the period on the power play. The power play goal, along with the teams ability to kill penalties in this game, was a big reason why Chatham skated away with the win.

    "Special teams is huge for us," Herr said. "If we can minimize their opportunities and take some time and space away from their skill guys, it helps us out on the penalty kill a lot. Our guys did a good job tonight."

    Chatham was up 3-0 going into the third, before Morristown's Drew Shandlay scored on a point shot with 7:53 left. But fortunately for the Cougars, it was able to hold things down the rest of the way and earned its third straight win to open the 2017-18 season.

    The Cougars now sit at 3-0 in the tough Mennen Division and are in sole possession of first place. It has a game against a Halvorsen Division team in Vernon this Saturday, before taking on Morristown-Beard for the second time next Thursday.

    "We're playing with a lot of confidence," Keane said. "But we know every game is a new game. We're always zero-zero to start the game. So it's just about focusing on each opponent each and every night."

    Junior goalie Zach Pendergrast  came through with 17 saves in the game, and has been the winning goalie in all three starts for the Cougars this year. Morristown's Derek Peck made 32 saves in the loss.

    Varsity--Chatham 6 - Morristown Beard 2

    Facing the four-time defending Mennen Cup champions in Morristown-Beardin the first game of the season would be a tall task for any team in the tough Mennen Division.

    But Chatham No. 20 in the NJ.com Top 20, showed that no matchup is too big for it in the team's season opener on Monday night. It capitalized on opportunities early in the game and was able to keep taking advantage, as it rolled to an important 6-2 win over No. 10 Morristown-Beard at Mennen Arena in Morris Township.

    The Cougars got out to a 2-0 lead late in the first period on goals fromDavid Andreychuk and Nate Marshall. Although Morristown-Beard made pushes to get back into the game, it never allowed the Crimson to get closer than a two-goal deficit for the rest of the game.

    A major factor in Chatham's ability to put up six goals in the game was the team's success capitalizing on odd-man rushes. Although it was out-shot in the game, 23-20, the team was able to use its speed to break out of the defensive zone and create those odd-man situations.

    "It's one of the things that we stress in practice," Chatham coach Brendon Herr said. "We go over odd-man situations, 2-on-1s, and we just stress that we have to finish on these to win games. But the work ethic tonight is what we need every night.

    "We're definitely younger than we were last year. I think half the starting lineup has never seen a varsity game before. But we're a little bit smaller but we're definitely a faster team this year. I think last year we had two lines that were fast and could produce. This year, I think we have three lines that can play and that showed tonight."

    Chatham led, 3-0 after Evan Schmidt's goal early in the second period. Morristown-Beard responded just under three minutes later, as Thomas Demspsey  scored. Chatham restored the three-goal lead at the 4:25 mark when Alex Laferriere scored his first of the season, but Brayden Patricia  scored two minutes later to cut it to 4-2.

    In the third period, it essentially iced the game with two more goals, as Andreychuk buried his second, before Griffin Tully  got on the scoresheet for the final tally of the game. 

    "I feel great and we feel great," Andreychuk, a sophomore, who finished with two goals and an assist, said. "Obviously we took advantage of our opportunities, because I think they had more shots. But if we can keep scoring on the rush and get some more shots, we'll be good in the future."

    Junior goalie Zach Pendergrast's  play was important in this game, as he stopped 21 of the 23 shots he faced. It was only the second start of his varsity career after backing up standout goalie James Boles.

    He is being counted on to take over the full time role by the coaching staff, and he rewarded their confidence with several big saves, especially when Morristown-Beard made a push at the end of the second period after cutting it to 4-2.

    "I'm just excited for the first win," Pendergrast said. "I'm happy obviously, but it's more about the win than my play. I just kept myself calm, if a goal goes in I forget about it and just worry about the next shot. Just have to move on after a goal and make more saves after that."

    "It's just confidence with him," Herr said of Pendergrast. "The more games he starts and the more games like this that we win as a group the kids start to play more confident in front of him, he starts to get a little more confidence himself, and it just kind of snowballs."

    Evan Schmidt finished with a goal and two assists, while Alex Laferriere added a goal and an assist for Chatham. Thomas Dempsey led the way for Morristown-Beard with a goal and an assist.